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32 pages

Pub Date

Aug 4, 2021



Age 2+

Caterpillar Cake

Read-Aloud Poems to Brighten Your Day

By Matt Goodfellow
Illustrated by Krina Patel-Sage

A diverse and inclusive collection of original poems for younger children by a top performance poet

Would you like to eat a caterpillar cake? Join a rocket race into space? See crazy crocodiles at the zany zoo or play with a furry, purry cat? Wherever these 16 fun-filled poems lead you, they will brighten your day.

Splashing at the seaside, storytime at school, playing in the bath or riding home on Daddy's shoulders - this brilliant, read-aloud collection for young children has lots to join in with and lots to explore in the brightly coloured illustrations.



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"I’m sure that you will agree that there can never be too many poetry books for young readers. This one is particularly delightful with an eye-catching front cover showing a happy little girl facing out to welcome in the reader. All sixteen poems are simple, with distinct patterns that will make them memorable for even the youngest reader. All book-loving parents and practitioners know that babies respond to strong rhythmic language from day one (if not before). I loved them all for different reasons."

Karen Argent
The Letterpress Project

"Poetry for younger readers is always welcome in classrooms...The bright and colourful illustrations are joyous and lend themselves perfectly to the fun poems inside. Children will love listening to and performing the poems within. Titles include Zany Zoo, This Little Pencil and Bathtime. All easy to read, understand and enjoy. A few of these could become routine poems said aloud as part of the day!"

My Shelves Are Full

"The book contains a wonderful range of poems which are instantly appealing to younger children. Full of humour and closely observed detail, they capture the joy of eating a really gooey cake, the thrill of skimming a stone, the flying feeling of being on a swing, the fun of bath time… The rhyme and rhythm of each verse are perfect for joining in with, lending themselves to performing and enjoying.  An amazing collection from an amazing poet, ‘Caterpillar Cake’ is a poetry collection for everyone to enjoy."

North Somerset Teachers' Book Award

Colouring Sheet for Caterpillar Cake


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Matt Goodfellow


Matt Goodfellow trained as a primary school teacher and still works part-time in schools in addition to his highly popular, high-energy performances and workshops. He is particularly concerned to write verse for children in a way which effortlessly combines learning, confidence and entertainment for young readers. He lives in Manchester.

Krina Patel-Sage

Author and Illustrator

Krina Patel-Sage is an illustrator, author and designer. Beginning her design career at a London based children’s publisher in 2012, her passion for creating innovative illustrated non-fiction grew. She went freelance in 2015 after her son was born, working for a variety of children’s publishers, slowly moving from design to illustration. In 2018 she was shortlisted for Penguin’s WriteNow illustration prize. After a brief stint in the design department at Pan Macmillan, just before the birth of her second son in 2019, she began to exclusively write and illustrate. Her first author/illustrator title is due for publication with Lantana in 2021. She is represented by Clare Wallace at The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency


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